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College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.
Coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, guide high school students through all of the key aspects of preparing for college during after-school sessions for two hours twice a week. Over the course of their junior and senior years, students complete 320 hours of curriculum in a supportive group of college-bound peers.
The junior curriculum orients students to the college application process, provides extensive preparation for the ACT/SAT exam, introduces students to college life through campus tours and allows time for students to apply for summer enrichment opportunities.
The senior curriculum leads students through the college application process, assists students in applying for financial aid and scholarships and guides students through the transition to college.
After high school, College Possible students are coached through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Their coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, ensure they establish academic success skills, are connected to on-campus resources and are assisted in the financial aid and registration processes.
College Possible service members, along with current College Possible students when possible, introduce younger students to the possibilities of college and provide them with steps to prepare.
Jim McCorkell, a first-generation college graduate has an idea: Young people give a year, low-income students gain a mentor, America benefits from more college graduates.
Admission Possible founded in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“I support [College Possible] and I urge all champions of economic justice to give it their full support.” — Senator Paul Wellstone
“[College Possible] aims to give poor teenagers the kind of edge wealthy students routinely enjoy.”
— The New York Times
College Possible launches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“College Possible helps promising young people from low-income families attend college. The vast majority stay in college and earn their degrees.” — President Barack Obama
College Possible launches in Omaha, Nebraska.
College Possible launches in Portland, Oregon.
Admission Possible becomes College Possible.
College Possible receives the Innovation Award in Education, an international recognition from Citi and The Financial Times.
A Harvard study shows that College Possible significantly increases a student’s chances of enrolling in a four-year college.
Founder and CEO, Jim McCorkell joins college presidents, business leaders and White House officials in Washington, D.C. for a summit on college success for low-income students.
College Possible launches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
College Possible launches in Chicago, Illinois.
College Possible announced a bold new vision for transformational impact: joining forces with colleges to close the degree divide. By 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to serve 50,000 students.
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“Making it through college, a step that people think is impossible for students with backgrounds like mine, is the most amazing thing.”
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“My College Possible coaches haven’t just helped me increase my ACT score and apply to colleges; they’ve made me feel confident in myself.”